28 Feb 2015

Spats for country living

I have grown very fond of wearing spats; I like the look of the smooth transition from cuff to shoe and the comforting feeling of warm ankles.

I have been looking for spats to wear with my country attire for a while as my light grey canvas city spats with their delicate mother-of-pearl buttons would look out of place in the countryside.
Then recently I purchased two pairs of vintage spats from Ebay-based Gentleman's Outfitter John Lauder (Ebay store Whitetie_123); a most recommendable store if you are in the market for spats and other Edwardian attire and accessories.

I had a good walk in the countryside this morning wearing my "new" fawn felt spats; a perfect match for my three-piece heavy cheviot tweed suit and mocha brown brogues. Spats really elevates the look and was needed for warmth in the 6 degree Celsius warm early Spring weather.
The second pair of spats I purchased is an old pair of leather spats; 12" high. The outside has a soft suede-like surface and the inner a smooth full grain. These spats are for rough use with shooting socks, brogues and breeches amongst sedimentary rocks and thorny bushes.


Fawn felt spats

Heel reinforced with leather. The leather strap is quite sturdy

Leather Shooting spats - 12" high

Tan brogues and leather spats

1920s brown/fawn spats, narrow legs and cuffs - link to Pinterest

An alternative to spats is a lovely pair of boots. Below are perfect examples of how beautiful boots suitable for a heavy cheviot tweed suit can look. Both are found at the brilliant Swedish shoe store Skoaktiebolaget  

Edward Green Alderley

Carmino Polo suede Balmoral boot

References to previous posts on my blog if you would like to read more about the shoes and the suit:

Cheaney Wesley II
Heavy Cheviot Tweed suit
P.O.W. and spats

1 comment:

  1. With breeks/socks you're better off with gaiters as protection against the thorns and scrub. Those leather ones are going on for being gaiters.